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Plus Size Party Dresses
As we get ever closer to the most wonderful time of the year (yep the C word, sorry!) we also get closer to numerous parties and events that crop up and take up a lot of time in December. After having some chats with a few of my fellow plus size bloggers, we’ve realised how prepared you have to be, if you don’t live or work in a large town with lots of diverse plus size brands, then the chance of finding a lovely black tie dress quickly is near on impossible. In fact even if you do live in a large town it’s pretty hard as well.
So with that in mind, planning in advance is definitely the one, so I’ve pulled together my thoughts and plus size findings on formal, black tie dressing.
For me maxi dresses are the only length to wear for a black tie function, they instantly look dressy, well providing it’s not a beach coverup or something and if you’re not comfortable with all eyes on you, it’s a definite choice as it’s likely that 90% of the ladies there will be in a maxi or midi. If you want to stand out or push those fashion boundaries then go for a mini- why the hell not!? I’ve included a midi or shorter version in each of my choices for you guys. I also get that height can play a big difference in all this too, being 5’11 if I wear a short dress it’s often indecent but on someone shorter it will look really pretty. One way to make sure any length dress looks formal is in the details or fabric, think luxurious, hand made (or illusion of) couture gowns on a high street price tag and we are there! I’ve gone for four options to choose from to level up your black tie game this season.
Nothing says luxury than having people want to stroke you! But in all seriousness it’s the perfect material for a winter formal. Choose a jewel colour for something a bit more beautiful than black, I went for this Light Navy Velvet number from ASOS for a recent event. Although it’s not a curve dress there are lots of velvet dresses around including these ones…..
Newlook | Simply Be | Navabi
If having strangers want to stroke your velvet dress isn’t your thing then try sequins. They couldn’t be more opposite (under-arm sequin scratches anyone!? Ouch!) but they do look amazing. This dress is ASOS again, but there’s lots of sequin numbers around like the gorgeous emerald green one from Gatsbylady below.
ASOS | Gatsbylady | Simply Be
A bit less harsh than sequins, beaded or embellished details can make a cheaper dress look expensive. This one from Little Mistress Curve has a one shoulder shape and the beading works alongside the unusual neckline and waist to add shape and interest to the dress. I also love these three similar dresses…
Gatsbylady | ASOS Lovedrobe | Gatsbylady
You’ve got to love a good lace dress, I am pretty fussy when it comes to it though, I don’t know if it’s because I’m from Nottinghamshire (the home of Lace) but let’s say it is! My favourite type is eyelash lace and I hate cheap looking lace with a passion. It’s hard to describe but it’s that scratchy stuff lace, often with a daisy pattern I find!
When I saw this Little Mistress Curvy Monochrome Lace Trim Maxi Dress in Evans whilst shopping for something to wear the their I Am Me Awards, I knew that it was the one. It has perfect eyelash lace so it’s a winner in my books.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Lucy actually won the I AM STYLE Award that night, how awesome is that!?)
Evans | Simply Be | Simply Be
Hopefully you like my roundup! Let me know if I’ve helped with any party outfit choices and be sure to tag She Might Be in it when sharing your fave party looks, we’d love to see them!